DU coach Jim Montgomery makes everyone laugh in his opening comments during postgame presser:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Last week in Calgary, former Boston College star Johnny Gaudreau and former University of Denver standout Joe Colborne made a bet between Flames teammates. Gaudreau, the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner who had three goals and six points in BC’s 6-2 win over DU in last year’s NCAA Tournament, took his Eagles.
Colborne, of course, had the Pioneers, who won 5-2 in Saturday’s rematch with the Eagles. Gaudreau will be making a public appearance in a DU jersey.
DU coach Jim Montgomery, who coached Gaudreau in juniors, is excited to see Johnny Hockey in a crimson and gold sweater with “DENVER” across the chest.
“Because of a real good Pios alum, ‘Jumbo’ Joe Colborne, I can’t wait to watch a former player that I coached, John Gaudreau — Johnny Hockey — wear a Pioneer jersey, as he lost his bet,” Montgomery said while opening his postgame press conference.
Ice breaker. DU was making its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament, but was 0-4 since 2011 and 1-7 since 2005. The Pioneers did not advance to the national tournament in 2006 and 2007, after winning it all in 2004 and 2005 by going 8-0. Denver has been snakebit on the big stage since winning back-to-back titles and the pressure was on Saturday.
Montgomery, who is in the second year, helped ease the anxiety before the game against BC.
“He came in and said he could cut then tension with knife and cracked a joke, and kind of got the boys motivated,” senior defenseman Joey LaLeggia said. “The fact that he did that just put a sense of calmness throughout our team. It added to the confidence coming into this game. We knew what we had to do and we knew if we came out and executed we would be successful.”
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